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US News The international cruises again allowed to stop in Spain

16:35  15 june  2021
16:35  15 june  2021 Source:   ouest-france.fr

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A cruise ship carrying more than 1,200 German tourists could go to Malaga (Spain), this Tuesday, June 15th. A first since the beginning of the pandemic.

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An Boat of International Cruise carrying German tourists arrived in Malaga in the southern Spain This Tuesday, June 15th, the first of the genre since the lifting of the prohibition decreed during the pandemic, announced authorities.

Spain lifted on 7 June the prohibition for such boats to take anchor in its ports, which had been decreed in March 2020 at the beginning of the pandemic.

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1,275 German tourists

"This is the first cruise ship performing an international route" to stop in Spain since the lifting of this prohibition, said the spokesman for the harbor authorities of Malaga.

belonging to the German tour operator Tui, the Mein Schiff 2 transports 1,275 German tourists, added this spokesman.

A long wait for Spanish ports

«After 15 months vacuum in our ports, 15 months to wait for these boats ... we are all mobilized to make this moment an unforgettable experience for passengers» , said the president of the Port Authority of Malaga, Carlos Rubio, on the Spanish Public Radio RNE.

He added that the passengers had been allowed to land only by small groups in order to respect the health instructions.

Strict Sanitary Measures

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"For these first cruises, the passengers will be organized into sanitary bubbles, that is to say that they will not be able to walk freely. I hope that in a few months when vaccination will have advanced, we can blow this restriction. ", he said again.

The Port of Malaga has received a total of 50 stop applications for the current year, an "good start" , according to the manager.

Spain, 2nd European Destination of International Cruises

Before the pandemic, Spain was the second destination in Europe for international cruise stopovers.

In 2019, international cruises contributed nearly 2.8 billion euros to Spanish GDP and represented some 50,000 jobs for wages of a total of 1.5 billion euros, according to the Cruise Cruise Association "Cruise Lines International".

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